I just wanted to get these two pics archived on the site because I really loved coming across them and they have already been shipped out to their buyers.
Touch ups aren't just for love handles and poor complexions ... they're for Merian C. Cooper's hairline as this undated but definitely pre-King Kong press photo goes to show:
This 8" X 10" vintage press photo includes a RKO-Radio Pictures studio stamp on back and descriptive snipe tag attached on back which reads as follows:
"Ernest Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper, who thrilled film fans with their adventure pictures, GRASS, CHANG and FOUR FEATHERS have been reunited on the RKO-Radio Pictures lot where they will make a series of spectacular thrillers."
Glossy finish with press crop marks and touch ups on front as shown above.
The above Merian C. Cooper photo SOLD for $12.50 at auction on May 31, 2012.
The second Merian C. Cooper photo contains fewer clues than the first as to date, but judging by Cooper's appearance and the circumstantial evidence of the photos having been acquired together, my best guess is that it's from the same slightly pre-1933 period.
This one is a double weight photo with matte finish. It also has an RKO-Radio Pictures stamp on back as well as a photographer's stamp crediting famed RKO photographer Ernest A. Bachrach.
I'll miss them both, but here's hoping you were the lucky winning bidder!
The above Merian C. Cooper photo SOLD for $39.00 at auction on May 31, 2012.
Just to show that eBay auctions can still bring surprises I'm going to add another image to this post, a vintage photo from the same collection, which SOLD the same evening, May 31, 2012, for $107.50:
The press tag on back of this photo describes the scene as follows:
From left to right: Sir Herbert Tree, D.W Griffith, Hedda Hopper, John Emerson, DeWolf Hopper. Anita Loos with her back turned. This group was taken when the Hoppers came to Hollywood the first time. De Wolf Hopper was brought by D.W. Griffith to make movies with that early group of stage stars. He did not click in pictures and returned to New York.